Lifestyle

10 New Year's resolutions a mum wishes for her teenager

TEN new year's resolutions that will change my life… maybe.

I'm not making any new year resolutions for myself but because I am such a generous and caring mum I have prepared a list of resolutions that will change my teenagers' lives (and hopefully mine too).

1. Learn a new craft… I suggest you start with the complicated and challenging art of hanging up a wet towel. Not only will you have a dry towel for your next shower you won't have to listen to me yell at you about the mountain of wet towels turning mouldy in the corner of your room.

2. Practice awareness… so that when I am reading a book or the bathroom door is closed you will be fully aware of the fact that I will not take kindly to being interrupted unless you are offering to cook dinner.

3. Be generous. If you can afford new toys, designer clothes, eating out regularly and expensive phone plans for yourself you can afford to get me more than a box of chocolates for my birthday. Even if I say "Don't spend too much on me", what I actually mean is buy me something thoughtful because you want to spoil me not because I told you too.

4. Pay your debts… you may think a loan from me is interest free and I may not send out collection notices but I do expect to be paid and I will nag you daily if I have to until your debt is repaid.

5. Say please and thank you, especially to your parents. We have spent years drilling this into your young minds and it makes us ridiculously proud and happy when you appreciate us spontaneously....in fact we may be so grateful we knock a few dollars off any debts you might have.

6. Respect our privacy as much as you demand your own… If you don't like me walking into your room unasked, even if it is to deliver a load of freshly washed clothes and towels, there's a fair chance we might feel the same. As much as the idea freaks you out your parents do have sex (maybe not as often as you but it does happen) so unless the house is on fire do not open that door.

7. Answer your bloody phone. Never is your phone more than 10cm out of reach so if it rings and you don't answer it we tend to jump to conclusions that involve ambulances and police officers. So just answer the phone or send a text if you are going to be late or not coming home for dinner.

8. Delete the word "later" from your vocabulary… Few things irritate parents more than that word. Parents are not as dumb as you think we are - we know that later is just another way of saying "that is never, ever, ever gonna happen".

9. Surprise us… And it is pathetic how little it takes to surprise and impress most parents. If it is raining close the windows and take the clothes off the line; tidy your room for absolutely no reason or mow the lawn because you noticed it needed to be done ... see I told you it was simple.

10. Be happy and don't be afraid to show it… It's really all we want for you and if we can see you are happy with your work, study, hobbies, friends and partners we will be happy.

That's my wish list for 2013 - what would you add or change for your teenagers or have you just given up on trying to change them?

*Life with teenagers can be like an out-of-control roller coaster. I go undercover to blog about the everyday dramas of raising my otherwise perfect teens.

Topics:  editors picks, new year's, opinion, undercover mum of teens



Blood thicker than water for ex-Shark Wheeler

Mal Wheeler will be cheering son-in-law Blair on in Sunday's grand final. Blair is pictured scoring a try against Canberra in last weekend's preliminary final.

I have my shirt and beanie and they're both purple.

Which was the best flower at the Murwillumbah Garden Show?

WINNER: Murwillumbah and District Garden Club president Wayne Tagget with Ted Chilcott's winning entry for the general cut flower section.

IN A sea of bright blooms there could only be one champion.

Tweed product Cheysing NRL premiership dream

STORMING: Tweed Heads and Bilambil Jets' product Cheyse Blair scores a try for the Melbourne Storm during the NRL preliminary final against the Canberra Raiders.

Former Bilambil jet in NRL's big dance.

Local Partners

Sludge metal heaven served up across Australia

Black Rheno bring their stripped back sludge metal through regional Australia.

Black Rheno to hit a town near you

Prog metal upstarts to tour Australia

Caligula’s Horse, one of the country’s most exciting and innovative progressive bands, will hit the road for a national tour in November.

Australian prog masters announce national tour

Debra Messing wants to do a 'naughty' Will and Grace reunion

'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing wants a "naughty" reunion

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'working on custody agreement'

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are thrashing out a custody agreement

10 of the worst wedding day disasters

Getting hitched without a hitch. That's the aim, right?

Trump's comments make light of statutory rape

Trevor Noah has gone to town on Donald Trump's sexism

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Penthouse in beach paradise

Take in the beach front views from the balcony of 701/ 4-10 Douglas Street, Kirra.

This beachfront penthouse is the perfect place to enjoy the views.

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record